Oscars 2020: The Best Beauty Looks

These stunning hair and make-up looks stole the show on the Oscars 2020 red carpet.

“Nothing can take the sting off the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other golden statues.” Between a novel coronavirus outbreak and the tumultuous political climate, we’re all looking for the respite Billy Crystal offers in the famous quote.

We’re still far from democratizing the nominations, but we can all agree that the women on the red carpet keep bringing us back to the awards season. We might not like the fact that more women aren’t on the ballots, but we can all collectively give them credit for the fact that people still tune in. We love seeing them shine in all their glory, looking like winners no matter what.

These ladies brought their beauty A-game this year.

Kristin Cavallari

Wearing: Valdrin Sahiti

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Hair stylist Owen Gould used Ecru products to create soft, unfussy, waves:

“I prepped Kristin’s damp hair with ECRU New York Marine Thickening Balm from roots to ends. I then used the ECRU New York Volumizing Silk Mistfrom midshaft and ends to increase the volume in her hair. This was a key part of the look. I then round brushed her hair using a medium sized for bristle brush.”

“Next I sprayed each section using the ECRU New York Sunlight Styling Spray to help increase the hair’s shine and hold, and curled her hair with a one and a half-inch curling iron, making sure to leave the ends out for a looser and more relaxed wave. Once the texture was in her hair I used a pea-sized amount of the ECRU New York Styling Balm, rubbed together in my hands and raked through the ends of her hair for some shine and separation.”

Makeup artist Robert Sesnek used Lorac for the soft, pretty look. He broke down an exact step-by-step of the look for anyone looking to recreate it:

“I prepped and hydrated the skin with moisturizer. I applied Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels under the eyes for 10 minutes to add more under-eye hydration and to de-puff the eyes. I started Kristin’s makeup/skin with LORAC Pro Glass Skin Primer. I followed that with LORAC PRO Soft Focus Longwear Foundation and mixed shades 12 in the high points of the shade 13 into the rest of the face and blended that out until we had the perfect finish. 

I applied POREfection Complexion Pen in shades CP3 Neutral and CP4 Warm mixing both shades. I used shade CP3 down the bridge of the nose on the chin and lightly above the brows and nose to highlight. I then used POREfection Complexion Pen in shade CP7 as a contour along the hollows of the cheeks, under the jawline, around the perimeter of the forehead and the nose to softly add dimension. I used PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder to set under the eyes, chin, above the brows and under the cheeks and let those areas ‘bake’ while we started the eyes. 

I applied a mixture of Buff and Nectar eyeshadow from the LORAC PRO Palette 2, I then added Slate eyeshadow from LORAC PRO Palette 1 and buffed that from the lash line into the crease keeping most of the color focusing the outer lashes. After I lightly blended Chrome eyeshadow from PRO Palette 2 to soften and defuse I dampened an angle brush for more intensity and used NAVY eyeshadow from PRO Palette 2 and traced that eyeshadow along the lash line again focusing on the outer edge. I then added Front of The Line PRO Liquid Liner in Navy in both the upper and lower lash line. 

And finally added Front of The Line Pro Eye Pencil in Black Pearl into the waterline for definition and intensity. I used LORAC Pro Mascara in Black on upper and lower lashes. I then filled in her eyebrows with Pro Precision Brow Pencil in Neutral Blonde. Using Tantalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder in Pool Party again around the perimeter of the hairline, jawline and under hollows of the cheeks for added dimension. I then applied Color Source Buildable Blush in Tinge for color, Afterwards I added Lightsource Illuminating Highlighter in Daylight. 

I filled in the lips using Alter Ego Lip Liner in Duchess then I added Pro Matte Lip Color in Pink Taupe and I added Alter Ego Lipgloss in Supermodel in the center of the lip and tapped with my ring finger into the lip pressing it in.”

Florence Pugh

The Little Women actress wore a custom Louis Vuitton gown.


Alex Babsky used all Pat McGrath products to create the romantic, rosy look:

FACE: Sublime Perfection Foundation Light 7, Sublime Perfection Concealer L6, Sublime Perfection Blurring Under-Eye Powder Light, Sublime Perfection Powder Light 1, Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo “Nude”

EYES: Mothership VII “Divine Rose” Palette, Permagel Ultra Glide Pencil “Xtreme Black,” Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner, FetishEyes Mascara Xtreme Black

LIPS: Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil “Bare Rose,” Mattetrance Lipstick “Femme Bot”

Meanwhile, Peter Lux created a complicated top knot using Dove and GHD hair products and tools.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera wore a beautiful Alberta Ferretti gown.

On hair, Aviva Perea worked with Suave products and used a Dyson hairdryer to produce a sleek blowout crowned with a headpiece as an homage to her roots, the indigenous Lenca tribe of Honduras.

Vanessa Scali used Lorac Cosmetics to produce a rosy-hued complexion:

PRO Mattifying Primer

Soft Focus Longwear Foundation in Medium Dark #14

POREfection Complexion Pen in CP4 Warm

PRO Conceal/Contour Palette in C7 with a light touch of C8

Color Source Buildable Blush in Technicolor ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Light Source Mega Beam Highlighter in Gilded Lily

PRO Precision Brow Pencil in Dark Cool Brown

Eye Shadow
Diamond Cream Shadow Lux in Cashmere and Velvet

Front of the Line PRP Pencil in Black

Mari Shten Individual Lashes customized with varying lengths and weights using the “Mona” and “She’s Extra” series (top and bottom).

Lux First Class Mascara in Black

Finishing Powder
PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder concentrated in the t-zone only and along the jawline.

Alter Ego Lipstick in Beach Babe

Lucy Boynton


Lucy Boynton’s pearls stayed secure thanks to hairstylist Jenny Cho’s use of Gorilla Glue! The stylist used the Sisley Hair Rituel products to give the waves staying power and volume.

For makeup, Jo Baker used Chanel products for the lash-centric look. She prepped the sin with Weleda Soothing Facial Cream and Weleda Awakening Eye Cream. She used Chanel’s Camelia Rouge (357) on the lips and Chanel Rose Petale (99) on the cheeks.

Lilly Singh

The stunner wore Adeam on the red carpet.


Makeup artist, Aaron Paul, used Pat McGrath products to create a gilded smoky eye.

Meanwhile, hairstylist Paige Davenport used R+Co and Oribe to create sleek strands to accompany her strong makeup.

Lily Aldridge

Lily wears a classic Ralph Lauren evening dress.

Cynthia Erivo

Look at her rock that custom Versace gown!

Hair stylist Coree Moreno used the Dove Amplified Textures line token her coils sleek and in place on the red carpet. 

Terrel Mullin focused on her radiant skin with her makeup look, prepping it with Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer and topping with the Armani Luminous Silk foundation in two different shades. He used Neo Nude A-Blush in a magenta hue on the cheeks for a glow.

For the smoky eye, he first smudged in  Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in 12 and then layered  Eye Tint Liquid Eye Shadow in 39 on the lid. He then accentuated the crease with the darkest shadow in the  Eyes To Kill Eye Quattro Eye Shadow palette in 2.

Natalie Portman

She wore a custom Dior dress.

Natalie’s makeup artist, Lisa Storey, gave a breakdown of the look using all Dior products:

She pressed Capture Total Cell Energy Lotion serum into the skin and then tapped on Capture Total Cell Energy Super Potent Serum, smoothing is down the neck. “I massaged the face with upward and outward motions lifting the skin and getting the blood circulating.”

She then applied Total Cell Energy cream and eye cream. Not waiting for it to fully absorb, she started applying Dior Forever 24-hour Perfection Skin Caring Foundation in W2 and Forever Skin Correct in W2 under the eyes and on blemishes.

“I then took Forever Skin Correct W1 / mixed a dab with Face and Body Glow and popped the corners of the eyes and high on the balls of the cheek to create a natural skin tone highlight.”

For eyes, she created a black cat eye using Diorshadow on Stage liner in matte, “keeping the inner corner line very fine and the outer line heavier to create a lift to the eye.” On the upper waterline she used Crayon Waterproof Eyeliner in Trinidad Black.

She then used Dior Backstage Warm Neutrals to add warm tones to inner corners of the eyes and blending into the lower lash line.

She then curled the lashes and applied 2 coats of Dior Show 090 Black Mascara. “I overdrew the brows and filled the inner edge to create a fuller brow with Dior brow styler in brown. Next, I brushed on pump n brow 004 which gave a full but natural look.”

She contoured the face with Dior Backstage 001 Universal Palette. “I used a fluffy brush to softly layer Dior Skin Nude Illuminizer Blush in 10 to get a fresh youthful flush to the skin and illuminate the face. I also dabbed the brush above the brows, and tip of the nose to create an allover radiant glow.”

For lips, she applied Dior 446 ultra care liquid and then added Dior Addict Stellar Gloss in 629 on top.

We got the exact steps makeup artists took to create these stars' red carpet looks, right down to the products! #beautytips #makeuptutorials

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Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website styletomes.com and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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